Invited Speakers


Dr Simon Littlewood

Simon Littlewood is a Consultant Orthodontist and Clinical Lead at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, UK. He is also Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Leeds, and maintains a small private practice.

Dr Littlewood is currently an Elected Board Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is Chairman of the Board of Examiners for the Royal College Intercollegiate Fellowship Examination in Orthodontics (consultant exam) and was previously an examiner for the Memberships in Orthodontics examination at the Royal College of Surgeons. He was Postgraduate Training Programme Director at the University of Leeds from 2007-13, and National Director for Professional Development for the British Orthodontic Society 2013-15. He co-founded the UK’s first Orthodontic Therapy Course in 2007 and is still one of the co-Directors of the Yorkshire Orthodontic Therapy Course.  He was previously on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Orthodontics.

He is a sought-after lecturer, both nationally and internationally, and has a specialist interest in orthodontic retention, randomised controlled clinical trials and evidence-based orthodontics. He has published widely and written several book chapters, and is one of the authors of the best-selling textbook Introduction to Orthodontics. He has written and appeared in educational videos for postgraduate student selection, work-based assessments in orthodontics and promoting the importance of retention for patients and the dental profession. He has been invited to speak at various international congresses, including the AAO in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, the Asian-Pacific Conference 2015 & 2017 and the international Orthodontic congresses in Sydney in 2010 and London in 2015. In 2015 he was the Keith Godfrey Visiting Professor for the University of Sydney, Australia, and in 2017 he was awarded a visiting professorship for the University of Malaya in Malaysia.

Outside orthodontics Dr Littlewood loves sport and is a keen footballer (retired), runner (slow) and skier (limited ability).


Associate Professor Mark Evans

A/Prof Mark Evans graduated from dentistry at the University of Melbourne in 1990. He was then in general practice (RAAF and private) for nine years before commencing his specialist training in Endodontics, which he completed in 2001.  

Mark is very active in the dental profession, having served on numerous committees and also having an extensive background in dental education.  He has lectured locally and internationally and has published several articles in the Dental and Medical literature.  For his services to the dental profession, Mark has been awarded Fellowships with The Academy of Dentistry International, The International College of Dentists and The Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Mark maintains a busy private practice in Melbourne’s CBD and was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University of Melbourne in 2016.


Professor Paul Monsour
BDSc(hons), MDSc, PhD

Professor Paul Monsour graduated from the University of Queensland in 1978 with a BDSc (hons). He completed a PhD in Oral Biology in 1987 and a Masters degree in Oral Radiology & Pathology in 1991. Professor Monsour was the first registered specialist in DentoMaxillofacial radiology (DMFR) working in full time private radiology practice on the East Coast of Australia. Professor Monsour lectures extensively throughout Australia on all aspects of DMF radiology. He was appointed the foundation Professor of DMFR at the University of Queensland in 2009. Professor Monsour developed the first and only specialist training programme in Australia for DentoMaxillofacial radiologists. His research interests include education in the field of DMF radiology, Radiation protection in dentistry and the use of cone beam imaging in Dentistry.   Paul is an associate member of the RANZCR, a member of the radiological council of Qld and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. 


Dr Nour Eldin Tarraf
BDS(Hons), MDSc(Hons), MOrth RCSEd, MRACDS (Ortho)

Nour finished his BDS at Cairo University with Honors in 2001 followed by an orthodontic residency at Cairo University.  He then moved to Sydney where he completed his Masters degree in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney in 2008 with Honors.  He works in private practice in Chatswood, Sydney and is involved in research and teaching at the University of Sydney. Nour has a special interest in invisible orthodontic techniques such as lingual orthodontics and Invisalign. He is the current president of the Australasian Society Of Lingual Orthodontics.  He is also the first Australian to become a Titular member of the European Society of Lingual Orthodontics and an Active member of  the World Society of Lingual Orthodontics. 

Among his special interests is early orthodontics and growth modification treatment and he is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Sydney on the application of skeletal anchorage in growth modification for growing children. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has number of scientific publications.



Associate Professor Paul Schneider
BDSc (Melb), MS (Minnesota), Cert Orth (Louisiana), FICD

Associate Professor Paul Schneider received his dental education at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1970. He obtained a Masters degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Minnesota in 1977, and was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio for 2 years before moving to New Orleans for the Louisiana State University Orthodontic Program where he received a Certificate in Orthodontics. He has been registered as a specialist orthodontist since 1983 and since then has been in private practice and teaching at various universities around the world. He has been Associate Professor and Head of Orthodontics at the University of Melbourne since 2011.

Under his guidance 26 students have successfully submitted their theses and obtained their DCD degrees from 2011 to 2018. Twelve students are currently working towards these same goals. Successful research collaborations have been initiated with universities in USA, Italy, and Japan.

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Dr Steve Naoum
BDSc, Grad Dip, DClinDent, PhD

Dr Naoum (BDSc, Grad Dip, DClinDent, PhD) completed his Bachelor of Dental Science and Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) at The University of Western Australia and holds a PhD from The University of Sydney, his area of study being in the area of dental biomaterials. Dr Naoum has also completed a Graduate Diploma in theology through the Australian College of Theology.

In addition to practicing Orthodontics at Morley Orthodontic Centre and Esperance Orthodontic Centre, Dr Naoum is a Senior Lecturer within the Discipline of Orthodontics at the University of Western Australia. Prior to his specialist training in Orthodontics, Dr Naoum held a full-time academic position in general dentistry at The University of Sydney and was the Oral Health Lead for The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.